Professor of Geology; Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences
- B.A., Wooster 1978
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1982
- GEOL 100: History of Life
- GEOL 250: Invertebrate Paleontology
- Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
- Geology Confronts Creationism
- First Year Seminar: Nonsense (And Why It's So Popular)
I.S. Project Examples
- Dean Thomas (2017): “Assessing the Life Modes of Conodonts Within the Decorah Shale (Late Ordovician of Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota)”
- Cassidy Jester (2017): “Origin and Paleoecology of ferruginous oncoids ("snuff-boxes") of the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) in the Inferior Oolite Group of Southern England and Northern France”
- Mae Kemsley (2016): “An Isotopic Analysis of Belemnites from the Speeton Clay Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, England”
- George Harrison (2015): "The Symbiosis Between Bioclaustrated Organisms and their Host Bryozoans in the Late Ordovician"
- Stephanie Bosch (2014): "First Bryozoan Fauna Described from the Jurassic Tropics: Specimens from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Upper Callovian) in Southern Israel"
- Elizabeth Reinthal (2014): "Taphonomy and Pathology of a Middle Jurassic Shallow Marine Crinoid Community (Matmor Formation, Southern Israel)"
Awards & Professional Memberships
- Gilbert Harris Award from the Paleontological Research Institution (2018)
- Fellow of the Paleontological Society since 2016
- GeoCUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) Undergraduate Mentoring Award (2015).
- Excellence in Education Award (Ohio Magazine), 2004.
- Geological Society of America Fellow since 2003.
- American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Fellowships, 1986-1987, 1990.
- Luce Fellowship for Distinguished Scholarship, 1990, 2000.
- George D. Louderback Award (outstanding research), University of California, Berkeley, 1980.
- Regent’s Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, 1978-1979.
- Phi Beta Kappa, 1978.
- Palaeontological Association (Overseas Representative since 1988)
- The Paleontological Society (Secretary, 2011-2015; Program Coordinator, 2000-2006)
- Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (President of Wooster Chapter, 1986-1987, 1993-1994)
- Geological Society of America (Fellow of the Society since 2003)
- International Bryozoology Association (Member of Council, 2013-2019)
Please see Curriculum Vitae
“The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks.” (Ernst Cloos, 1898-1974)
A member of the faculty since 1981, Dr. Wilson studies the evolution and paleoecology of encrusting and bioeroding invertebrates, as well as the origin and diagenesis of carbonate rocks (especially hardgrounds), calcite sea dynamics, and Pleistocene sealevel change.